Donald Trump's November tweets at LaVar Ball were controversial, to put it mildly. In the tweets from November 19, the president called LaVar "ungrateful" and said that he should have left LiAngelo Ball in a Chinese jail.
Three days later, Trump tweeted again, saying "LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair." Trump also took credit for releasing LiAngelo Ball from jail, before calling LaVar Ball an "ungrateful fool."
It turns out the Twitter tirade did more for LaVar Ball than it did for President Trump. In a report by ESPN Trump's tweets were the equivalent of $13 million dollars in advertisements. The pre-Thanksgiving tantrum couldn't have come at a better time for Big Baller Brand. The first orders of ZO2's were shipped out on Friday.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017